Shenandoah County FFA chapters receive donation

Robert “Bobby” Grubbs, owner of Grubbs Chevrolet, far right, recently donated funds to Shenandoah County FFA students for their trip to the Washington Leadership Conference. Also pictured, from front row left, are Hannah Orndorff, of Strasburg High School; Jessica Miller, of Stonewall Jackson High School; Jenna Kibler, of Central High School; and Jacob French, of Central High School. From back row left, are Faith Funkhouser, of Stonewall Jackson High School; Joseph Foltz, of Central High School; Nathan McDonald, of Strasburg High School; and Isaac Rhodes, of Central High School. Courtesy photo

WOODSTOCK – Grubbs Chevrolet in Woodstock has presented a check for $2,439 to Shenandoah County high school FFA students to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer. The amount also covered expenses from last year’s trip.

Strasburg FFA adviser Brian Fisher said each high school FFA chapter selects the students who are sent to the conference each year.

“They can send as many as they can afford, but with the cost so high that is why this donation from Grubbs means so much for our chapter,” he said.

Fisher is sending Hannah Orndorff and Nathan McDonald, who both live in Strasburg and are juniors at Strasburg High School, to the conference.

Central FFA adviser Sherry Heishman said Grubbs began sponsoring the FFA chapters in 1990.

Robert “Bobby” Grubbs, owner of Grubbs Chevrolet, said he started out thinking he would only sponsor for one year, but then he received detailed thank-you letters from the students explaining what they learned on their trip. After receiving these letters, he decided to continue to sponsor the event.

“To me that’s a good investment,” he said.

Heishman is sending Jacob French, of Woodstock; Joseph Foltz, of Edinburg; and Isaac Rhodes, of Maurertown, to the conference. All three are sophomores.

From Stonewall Jackson High School, Jessica Miller, 16, of New Market, and Faith Funkhouser, 17, of Quicksburg, will attend the summer conference.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com